Manchester United have made an informal approach to Michael Owen’s agent regarding a possible summer move to Old Trafford, according to the News of the World.
Sir Alex Ferguson has wasted no time as he tries to strengthen his forward line for the upcoming season and the possibility of a cut-price US$14 million deal for the England hitman would make a good investment and allow the Scotsman more funds to bid for his other transfer targets.
"We will buy," said the Scot. "Along with Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney, we may need experience in one forward position, somebody to take over from Ryan Giggs eventually."
Owen’s move to United is seen as a straight replacement for the often crocked French striker, Louis Saha, but the United coaching staff are said to have fears that not only will Owen replace Saha’s bench role but also take over his place on the Old Trafford treatment table.
Ferguson has countered these worries by coming up with an incentive-based contract which will see Owen being paid by the amount of games he plays and also number of goals scored.
If the deal does go through, Newcastle and Liverpool fans will be an angry bunch as Tyneside has only just begun seeing the full potential of a fully fit Owen while the Liverpool fans will be angered by the fact that their former prodigy has chosen to join one of their biggest rivals in the English game.